Dennis Bergkamp has insisted that he is still hoping that Unai Emery is the man to reverse Arsenal’s fortunes.
The Spanish head coach was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor at The Emirates last summer and he led them to a fifth-placed finish and the Europa League final in his first campaign in charge.
Arsenal have made a decent start to the new campaign and they currently find themselves in third place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and break back into the top four.
The Gunners are just a point behind defending champions Manchester City and nine behind Liverpool FC, who have won all eight of their opening games so far this term.
Arsenal legend Bergkamp has admitted that it’s been painful for him to watch his old club at times but he is hoping that Emery will be able to turn things around.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Bergkamp said: “It’s different of course to what I was used to, with English players and a few foreign, now it’s moved the other way.
“Sometimes it’s good but a lot of times you don’t really feel that it’s Arsenal as we know it. You know, with the passion and a few players that make a difference.
“It’s difficult to say whether it is better or worse but better is always shown in trophies, which aren’t there at the moment.
“On the one hand, there are so many clubs who improved so quickly to a high level, whereas Arsenal, maybe improved, but not to that level.
“It’s hard, it’s difficult and it hurts sometimes. ‘You feel sometimes that Arsenal should do better but I’m still hoping.”
Arsenal will return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Sheffield United in the top flight.
The Gunners are aiming to try and finish in the top four this season after they ended up fifth and without a trophy last term.